Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte showcased the city government’s programs for solo parents.
Belmonte said there are about 20 million solo parents in the country, of which 430,000 reside in Quezon City. Of that number, only 21,000 have registered with the QC Social Services Development Department.
The city’s programs for solo parents include a livelihood support program under the vice mayor’s “Tindahan ni Ate Joy” as well as several entrepreneurship programs, establishment of community college program, and access to health care.
Tindahan ni Ate Joy and women’s entrepreneurship programs are undertaken in partnership with Rags2Riches, Department of Trade and Industry, Sea Oil, Araneta Center, and Smart Foundation. Registered single parents can still avail all the programs brought by Tindahan ni Ate Joy and sell their products in AliMall without paying rent for booths there.